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Tall, narrow, stainless pasta pot

sandih Jun 4, 2008 11:17 AM

On "Good Eats" (Alton's show) last night he was dropping his pasta in a pot that was different than your basic stock pot with an insert. It was about 4-5 inches taller than the pasta itself and a bit narrower that your basic stock pot. I did a search to see if I could find such a pasta pot but haven't located one. Anyone familiar with any maufacturer that makes one?


  1. alkapal Jul 22, 2008 06:32 AM

    pasta need more, not less, water --- and room to move around in the pot. the tall narrow pot seems unsuitable for pasta, imo. alton's photo shows a pot that is definitely not big enough, with enough water, imo.

    maybe i'm confused by the scale of the photo posted by grumpy2 -- but that also looks too small for pasta.

    am i wrong?

    btw, sandih, on the amazon site link from rumpy2, the manufacturer is
    "Demeyere Asparagus/ Pasta Cooker"

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    1. re: alkapal
      sandih Jul 22, 2008 06:43 AM

      I know, I initially thought that as well but I do recall seeing in Italian commercial kitchens, large pots of water on to boil with a segmented insert to seperate individual servings. That way the pot could always be boiling and they could drop in up to 6 or so servings in a pot at any one time. The segments were narrow, like this. It does go against what I've always heard and done myself....

      1. re: sandih
        Kelli2006 Jul 22, 2008 09:50 AM

        The usual pasta pot like that is 3 gallons and has 4 inserts to allow different orders or kinds of pasta to be finished off. Most restaurant s par-cook the pasta and then bring it back to finish at the time of order if they are using dry pasta. Fresh pasta cooks so fast that the par cooking step can be omitted. http://www.kitchensupplydirect.com/05...?

        I do not understand why you would want a tall, very narrow pot for pasta, because it will quickly sink to the bottom of the pot when it softens. The fact that the pot mirrors the shape of dry pasta does not mean that it is the proper vessel to cook it in.

        The proper pasta pot that has walls that are almost as high as the pot is round, and it should have a capacity of at least 1 gallon for most families. This is a great application for inexpensive aluminum from a restaurant supply house.

        1. re: Kelli2006
          sandih Jul 22, 2008 10:18 AM

          Kelli, I have a proper pasta pot so there's no need for you to understand why I was simply interested in what I saw Alton use on his show...it was just an inquiry.

          1. re: sandih
            Kelli2006 Jul 22, 2008 01:12 PM

            I'm sorry for any misunderstanding.

          2. re: Kelli2006
            alkapal Jul 22, 2008 11:51 AM

            thanks kelli. i've always been interested in resto pasta prep.

      2. g
        grumpy2 Jul 20, 2008 10:07 AM

        This it?

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        1. re: grumpy2
          sandih Jul 22, 2008 06:23 AM

          Yes I believe it is? Who makes it? And jlagrone, you had the right one as well. Good Job! So...grumpy2 who's the maker?

          1. re: sandih
            sandih Jul 22, 2008 06:25 AM

            is it really just an asparagus steamer?

        2. j
          jlagrone Jul 19, 2008 02:01 AM

          I don't have a clue what it is, but if it is from the myth smashers episode, which aired a few days before your original post, I attached a photo that may help someone else ID it.

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          1. re: jlagrone
            Stephanie Wong Jul 20, 2008 01:15 AM

            Is asking Food Network a possibility?

            1. re: jlagrone
              Miss Priss Jul 20, 2008 05:30 AM

              Could be a Paderno Grand Gourmet stockpot. (I believe this line is also sold under the Lincoln Centurion name.) Here's the selection at Bridge Kitchenware:


              Hope this helps.

              (Just noticed that Kelli2006 had pretty much the same idea--Chaudier is yet another name for some of the Paderno lines.)

            2. g
              grumpy2 Jul 18, 2008 06:38 PM


              hope it helped.

              1. d
                dscheidt Jun 28, 2008 11:15 AM

                Are you sure it's not just a bigger stock pot? They get taller much faster than they get wider.
                The advantage of a taller narrow pot is that there's less surface area to lose heat through evaporation, and there's a greater volume of boiling water, which means the temperature drops less when you put pasta in it, so things cook faster. In the home kitchen, though, I'd bet it increases the time it takes to cook, because the added volume of water takes longer to come to a boil in the first place. It's only a time saver if you're using the same water more than once.

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                1. re: dscheidt
                  sandih Jun 30, 2008 06:09 AM

                  I'm quite sure it wasn't just a bigger stock pot.

                2. MMRuth Jun 4, 2008 11:20 AM

                  I think that All Clad makes one - I remember seeing them on America's Test Kitchen. When I've used them at a friend's house, though, I have to say, I've not been able to figure out why it's helpful.

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                  1. re: MMRuth
                    sandih Jun 4, 2008 11:22 AM

                    Not saying it's more helpful, I just like the way it looks.

                    1. re: sandih
                      MMRuth Jun 4, 2008 01:27 PM

                      Sorry - didn't mean to be snarky if it sounded that way!

                      1. re: sandih
                        Kelli2006 Jun 4, 2008 01:35 PM

                        I saw the episode, and the banded rim appears to be Chaudier, but those closest I can come is this. It certainly isn't inexpensive, but your children will be fighting over it long after you are gone.

                        Paderno Cookware - Stock Pot w/cover - 11.5Qt Chefs Choice Series


                        1. re: Kelli2006
                          sandih Jun 5, 2008 12:08 PM

                          Not quite sure it was what I saw. It was more narrow than a regular stockpot but quite tall. Thanks for the link though.

                          1. re: Kelli2006
                            lizzybob Jun 28, 2008 09:08 AM

                            I don't even know if they still make the Chaudier line. I wish they did, but I can't find it anymore on their internet site. I have some Paderno pans too, but the Chaudier was seriously heavy duty stainless.

                            1. re: lizzybob
                              Kelli2006 Jun 28, 2008 05:20 PM

                              I have not seen new pieces of Chaudier in almost 8 years, but it was nearly abuse proof when we used it in a commercial kitchen.

                              The size of the boiling pan for pasta does not matter, as it goes limp in under 1 minute in boiling water. Id think the best pan is that which covers the entire burner to allow for maximum heat transfer.

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